[ntp:questions] Re: Bulletin C 28 -- NO positive leap second at the end of December 2004

Terje Mathisen terje.mathisen at hda.hydro.com
Tue Oct 12 20:32:59 UTC 2004


Urs Thuermann wrote:

> Marc Brett <marc at fordson.demon.co.uk> writes:
> 
> 
>> NO positive leap second will be introduced at the end of December 2004.
>> The difference between UTC and the International Atomic Time TAI is :
>>
>>     from 1999 January 1, 0h UTC, until further notice : UTC-TAI = -32 s
> 
> 
> What is the reason for not having a leap second for so long?  From
> 1972 to 1999 we had a leap second roughly every 1.25 years, with
> intervalls slightly increasing.  The longest period before January
> 1999 without a leap second was 2.5 years.  Now we have 6 years without
> a leap second.  Has the earth stopped slowing down its rotation?

Even worse, afaik it must have speeded up, otherwise it would have kept 
on dropping seconds at approximately the old rate.

Terje

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